Hey guys! In case you didn’t know, last weekend my mom and I had our own Thelma and Louise adventure, or if you watch The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a Lilian and Jacqueline road trip. We drove a car from the Bay Area up to my sister in Portland, Oregon last Friday. It was the longest car ride I have ever experienced; a twelve hour journey, so if you ask me, I’m perfectly happy to never have to ride
in Carl the mustang again, which by the way, was my first car as well.
I figured I would share with you a summary of our quick 51 hour trip to Portland and how to spend a weekend in this weird yet awesome city. P.S. keep your eyes open because I filmed over this trip and plan on putting a video together this weekend, should be up sometime next week and I will definitely tweet it out and share on my FB page.
Friday May 13th 5 pm: Arrive in Portland, check into the Hotel Lucia and immediately get an Uber to head over to Alberta Street.
– What’s on Alberta Street? Artsy amazing things! After I my first trip to Portland I wrote an entire blog post about why I love Alberta Street and why you need to check it out if you are making a trip to Portland. I’ll link it here for you if you want to give it a read. There were two reasons why I wanted Alberta Street to be our first stop, the main one being that I wanted to be reunited with Salt & Straw aka the best ice cream ever. I mean after a twelve hour journey in the car who wouldn’t want some ice cream. So that’s what we did and man was my tummy happy to be reunited with Honey Lavender, my favorite flavor, actually the only flavor I’ve had there. It’s just so delicious and unlike anything I have ever tried so I can’t NOT order it. Definitely put a visit to Salt & Straw on your list for your weekend trip because you won’t regret it. Plus they have multiple locations so if you don’t end up making it to Alberta Street you have other chances to experience it.
– The second reason I wanted to make sure I got to Alberta Street was because I needed… NEEDED to make a trip to the most awesome art store ever: Collage! This store has three locations in Portland, but I’ve only been to their Alberta Street one. They are a little shop that has such a great selection of quality art supplies that blows Michaels out of the water. Since I only have a Michaels near me I was instantly head over heels for this store; I go ham every time and always have to look over what I grabbed up and try my best to put some things away! I easily could spend a fortune here. Collage has changed my painting game because I got really great paint brushed which lead to to my realization of how much of a difference great brushes can have on your paintings. So I learned my lesson and I will most likely will be ordering all my brushes from Collage from now on. Anywho, if you are an artist or have any creative hobbies definitely check this store out.
Friday May 13th 6:30pm: Take an Uber to head over to the foodie central/happening street that is N. Mississippi Ave.
-Now get out and immediately head out to the bar that is Side Car. A great bar that has a speakeasy vibe that specializes in old fashion cocktails, basically Allie’s dream bar. I found this bar on the N. Mississippi Ave food tour Sean and I did on our trip to Portland in March. (Side note: if you are looking for something really awesome to do definitely check out Forktown Food Tours. This was our first food tour and easily our favorite part of our trip. The N. Mississippi Ave food tour is on Sundays 1-4pm so I definitely recommend doing this if you can fit it in your schedule. I also wrote a post about it here). Their Gin Gin Mule is my favorite cocktail which is basically their take on a Moscow Mule where they incorporate fresh mint that they grow in their garden.
-Realize you spent too much time at Side Car (again) realizing, drinking, and chatting and run down the street to get dinner at 8:30pm. If there isn’t too long of a line and you don’t wait until the point you are at the point of no return hangry, definitely check out Por Que No, a Mexican restaurant that has a line out the door. We stood in that line for 15 mins and we didn’t move at all, at that point I was ready to eat my hand so I frantically starting searching when I noticed across the street there were some food trucks parked and the giant sign that said King Burrito stood out to me. I decided to see their prices and options, upon smelling the delicious food truck and seeing there was no line I told my mom that we needed to eat here because there was no way I would survive waiting in line any longer. These were by far the best burritos I’ve ever had, and burritos are one of my favorite foods. In fact I have one at least once a week, most of the time it’s twice.
Friday May 13th 9pm: Uber back to the Hotel Lucia and go to bed. Needless to say you are exhausted.
Saturday May 14th 10am: Wake up, get ready for the day, walk and arrive at the Pearl Bakery. The Pearl Bakery is something my mom has raved about ever since her first trip to Portland two years ago. Sean and I didn’t get a chance to check it out during our trip so I was excited to finally see why my mom was obsessed. I now understand… their pastries are amazing and their lattes definitely hit the spot. It has a cute and comfy atmosphere with seating to allow you to eat/drink your breakfast at your own pace. It’s the kind of place that one might see young entrepreneurs working on their latest project. I had a lemon poppy seed muffin and it was everything I wanted it to be and more.
Saturday May 14th 11am: Take an Uber to the International Rose Test Garden. This place is a MUST especially if you are making a trip in the spring. I must say I have not seen anything so mesmerizing and gorgeous in my life. This garden had the biggest and most colorful roses I have ever seen in my life, definitely made the roses here in California look pathetic. I have to believe the reason these roses are flourishing in Portland is due to all of the rain. My mom and I spent three hours here in awe at every rose we came across. We also were left to take selfies, which lead to a particular moment where I was cackling so hard I was snorting and crying, loudly mind you, in public with a park filled with people. I swear my mom and I get in these situations all the time. Since I took so many photos and I don’t think words can do this garden justice, here’s a ton of photos to show you why this needs to be on your list.
Saturday May 14th 1pm: Walk down to N. 23rd in search for seating, coffee, and food. N.23rd is another great street you need to check out. Salt & Straw is also located here in case you don’t make it to Alberta, but N. 23rd is filled with cute shops, awesome restaurants, and coffee shops. My favorite store is Tender Loving Empire, they are also a record label which I found pretty cool. They have a huge print and card selection along with cute little trinkets, records, and jewelry.
Saturday May 14th 4pm-7pm: Go back to the hotel, nap, and then arrive at the Ace Hotel’s bar Clyde Common for drinks. I really liked the vibe of this bar, the architecture is really open and has a pretty modern style. Not to mention the cocktails are awesome, I always get the Pacific Standard because it’s really similar to a Tom Collins but it has honey in it.
Saturday May 14th 8:30pm: Go across the street to the Living Room Theater, get dinner delivered to your seats, and watch Money Monster. This theater is awesome, it has a bar inside and the chairs are similar to couches rather than your standard movie theater seats. It’s supposed to be like you are watching the movie from your living room in a comfy chair and you can eat your dinner while watching your movie of choice. It’s a pretty cool experience if you love watching movies as much as my family does and this might be something you want to put on your agenda. By the way Money Monster was an awesome film, hoping to see it again with Sean soon.
Sunday May 15th 9am: Go back to the Pearl Bakery, check out of hotel, and pick up sister from the airport. Yes the Pearl was that good and you bet I got the muffin again.
Sunday May 15th 12pm: Eat lunch at Sizzle Pie. Sizzle Pie is actually across the street from the living room theater and is adorned with a neon light sign that drew the attention of my mom and I, so much so we were dying to try it out. I got two slices for lunch because I was starving and I’m really not a great person to be around when I’m hangry. Definitely think stopping here for lunch is the way to go, you can get a slice quickly so you can fit in everything you want. Plus they don’t have a lot of seating so I think it’s a good choice for a meal when you are on a quick trip.
Sunday May 15th 1pm: Explore Powell’s books. Powell’s is by far the biggest book store I’ve ever been in. It’s HUGE, and pretty cool. My favorite floor is the top one, it’s the art floor 🙂 If you were curious it has about five stories so if you are a book worm, or not (like me) I highly recommend stopping by here because they really do have something for everyone.
Sunday May 15th 3-5pm: Chill at Case Study, my favorite coffee shop in Portland. Their iced lattes are everything. SO GOOD. Wish I had Case Study here in the Bay Area. I’ve been to Barista and Stumptown as well in Portland but Case Study won my heart, it’s also Sean’s and my sister’s favorite coffee shop as well. They have a downtown and Alberta Street location so definitely make an afternoon stop for an iced coffee and a little time to refresh during your weekend trip.
Sunday May 15th 5-8pm: Grab dinner, head to PDX, and fly home (BOO!) So I’m not noting dinner because we just grabbed dinner quickly and picked out a place that I wouldn’t say you need to put on your list.
So that’s it, that’s how my mom and I did a weekend, technically 51 hours in Portland. Few highlights/reminders of places that I definitely think you need to check out on your trip, like must MUST: Alberta Street, N. Mississippi Ave (do the food tour if you aren’t leaving until night time or Monday morning), N. 23rd, International Rose Test Garden, and Salt & Straw. If you can fit all my recommendations in your agenda, go for it! Quick trips are difficult because you can either do everything and be totally drained or find you run out of time to hit everything on your list. What are your tips for doing quick weekend trips, I would love to hear them in the comments! Also if you’ve been to Portland let me know what your favorite things to do there.